East London Buddhist Cultural Centre (ELBCC) New Year Celebrations 2018
This year’s new year celebrations organised by East London Buddhist Cultural Centre was held successfully on 14th April 2018 at the Cumberland School. Representing her Excellency Ms Amari Wijewardene, Secretary for education Mr Sam Cooray graced this special occasion as the chief guest. Amongst others local Councillor Lakmini Shah also attended the event as an honourable guest.
The cultural event commenced by lighting the traditional oil lamp and observing the five precepts and a welcome speech which highlighted the importance of the New Year by head of Vihara Ven. Makure Mangala Thero, followed by address by chief guest.
The event comprised with New Year games where both children and adults took part in as this brought a more homely feeling. During the cultural show traditional New Year rituals such as offering betel to parents and anointing oil were performed. Children from Dhamma School took part in different cultural performances including Pooja Dance, Lama gee and Awurudu kumari.
Sri Lankans across the London attended this joyous cultural event. Head of Vihara Ven. Makure Mangala Thero along with other resident monks and the members of the Lumbini Vihara extend their heartfelt gratitude to everyone who attended this event and to everyone who helped to successfully organise this event